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Governor makes appointments, reappointment to Complete Streets Advisory Council

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced two appointments and one reappointment to the Complete Streets Advisory Council.  

The 18-member board is housed within the Michigan Department of Transportation. It provides education and advice to various groups, including the State Transportation Commission and county road commissions, on policies that provide roadway access to all users, including drivers, those who use mass transit, people with disabilities, pedestrians and bicyclists.


"These individuals bring years of diverse, outstanding experiences to the council and I am confident they will effectively serve in these roles," said Snyder.



Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids, is director of corporate communications for Universal Forest Products Inc., where she oversees public and investor relations, internal and executive communications and community affairs. She previously held positions in communications for Benteler Industries and The Greystone Group, and worked as a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press and The Tampa Tribune. Afendoulis earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She will represent the State Transportation Commission and replaces Linda Miller-Atkinson.


Rob Bacigalupi, of Traverse City, is deputy director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, a position he has held since 1998. He previously worked as a senior planner with McKenna Associates Inc. and as director of planning and economic development for the city of Hazel Park. Bacigalupi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He holds a bachelor's degree urban planning from Michigan State University and a master's degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver. Bacigalupi will represent public transit users and replaces Kelli Kavanaugh.



Karen Kafantaris, of Grand Ledge, is associate state director of AARP Michigan, where she has worked since 2001. She previously served as regional office administrator for Mosaica Education Inc. and office administrator for Rossman Martin & Associates. Kafantaris received a bachelor's degree in physiology from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent AARP.


Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire Sept. 30, 2015, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.